At a special meeting this morning, the Committee of Ministers decided, within the framework of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council of Europe, that the Russian Federation shall cease to be a member of the Council of Europe with effect from today, after 26 years of membership.
- On 15 March the Parliamentary Assembly unanimously adopted an opinion which considers that the Russian Federation can no longer be a member state of the Organisation.
- On 15 March, the Government of the Russian Federation informed the Secretary General of its withdrawal from the Council of Europe in accordance with the Statute of the Council of Europe and of its intention to denounce the European Convention on Human Rights.
- On 10 March, the Committee of Ministers decided to consult the Parliamentary Assembly on a possible further use of Article 8 of the Statute.
- On 25 February, following an exchange of views with the Parliamentary Assembly, the Committee of Ministers decided to initiate the procedure provided for in Article 8 of the Statute and agreed to suspend the Russian Federation from its representation at the Council of Europe, in accordance with its relevant Resolution on the legal and financial consequences of suspension.
Russia joined the Council of Europe on February 28, 1996.